Targeting FTC Franchise Rule

In a virtual meeting last week of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky set her sights on the Federal Trade Commission Franchise Rule. Chairwoman of the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, Representative Schakowsky called on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a formal study on the inadequacies…

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Inspire Building Atlanta ‘Ghost Kitchen’

Notwithstanding ongoing development of the Coffee Café Bakery, a $10 million highly automated centralized manufacturing location (CML) in the greater Atlanta area, Inspire Brands is apparently moving forward with development of Alliance Kitchen, a $2.6 million “ghost” kitchen being built in Atlanta. Most noteworthy in this development is perhaps the fact that The Coffee Café…

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Competitor News

The National Owners Association (NOA), the independent franchisee association for McDonalds systems operators founded last fall, has come out with a list of menu initiatives they point to as problems. Primary among the complaints detailed by the group is the dollar drink special as well as the new Worldwide Favorites menu, which includes popular menu…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Although not unexpected, Dunkin’ Brands announced last week that it was refinancing and replacing $1.8B in debt with $2.4B in new debt which will be securitized at a bit lower interest rate. The new debt excess, around $600M, will be used for reserve accounts and future share buybacks. Also last week, DBI reported in a…

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A Down December

In earnings calls at the year-end, Dunkin’ announced less than stellar earnings over the past year.  Our restaurant analyst, John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group, advises that Dunkin’ pre-released its bad news last week, indicating that US Dunkin same store sales, international results and earnings would be lower than forecast in both 2014 and…

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Go West, Dunkin’, Go West

A noted California-based brand expert has come out with a very favorable outlook on Dunkin’ Donuts’ ongoing westward expansion, identifying a number of factors which she believes all point to strong growth potential for Dunkin’ in the Golden State.  Denise Lee Yohn, brand expert and author of “What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles…

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San Diego Dunkin’ Opens With 2 Hour Waits

The first Dunkin’ Donuts shop to open to the public in San Diego opened to wait lines of up to 90 minutes and non-stop satisfied customers as this story and video can attest.  It’s been a couple of weeks since the opening in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel in the downtown, but the…

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2nd California Dunkin’ Opens in Barstow

Dunkin’ Donuts’ expansion continues with news that the second shop in the Golden State of California opened its doors this past Monday in Barstow, California.  Dunkin’ has been aggressively signing SDAs with franchisees willing to expand their networks throughout California.

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Dunkin’ Gets Good Grades Going Back To School

With the ongoing Dunkin’ Donuts expansion, one could easily miss its growth on college campuses across the footprint, but DD is indeed going back to school!   A report released this week identified 7 additional campuses on which a new Dunkin’ opened in 2013.

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Atlanta Hits The 100 Mark

And speaking of Dunkin’ expansion across the country, one of its bigger emerging markets, Atlanta, Georgia celebrates the opening of its 100th Dunkin Donuts store!  Congratulations to franchisees Stephen Attard and James Laskaris!

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